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Dec 1, 2012 10:00am PST
in disposable person income, and create $94 billion in business sales. michael is a senior national correspondent for "time" magazine and the author of "the new deal, the hidden story of change in the obama era." in his book, he argues for increased investment in energy infrastructure. welcome to the show. superstorm sandy lev 7.9 million people without power, some for weeks. you say the elect kctrical grid slowly improving. would any of the changes we're talking about had a different effect on what people in the northeast went through as a result of hurricane sando or are we talking about apples and oranges? >> no, it has a difference. president had $11 billion for a smarter grid in his much maligned stimulus bill in 2009. as a result, for instance, in the washington, d.c. area, the utility was able to get just about everybody their power back in two days because with a smart grid, and that's essentially mixing up modern information technology with that ancient electrical grid we've got, but with smart meters and digital routers and sensors. they were able to figure out where the p
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